Though the nation’s capital is studded with an abundant amount of fare for hungry (maybe, hungover) brunch-goers, these five restaurants in Washington D.C. hit all the right marks.
1. Le Chat Noir
This cozy corner French bistro located on Wisconsin Ave. NW is a surefire way to start your weekend brunch on a high note. “It's not cutting edge, but with a panoply of French hits, who cares,” say Michelin inspectors.
Here, a prix-fixe brunch menu including a glass of Champagne Blanc de Blanc (or a mimosa) is served; French favorites like quiche du jour, eggs Florentine and grilled Angus steak with shallot sauce and French fries are all up for grabs.
4907 Wisconsin Ave NW
2. The Bird
"The humble chicken reaches new heights here, finding global influences in dishes such as crunchy, sweet, and spicy Korean wings sprinkled with cilantro; grilled chicken draped in bright red peri-peri sauce; or duck meatballs in tomato curry,” say Michelin inspectors of the poultry-centric sibling of The Pig.
Here, executive chef Tracy O’Grady features the sum of all the bird parts through a myriad of global influences. And the brunch menu is no different.
Starters include triple-fried Korean-style wings with black garlic and old-school deviled eggs with crispy chicken skin, while mains include buttermilk chicken and waffles, grilled chicken tacos and a fried chicken sandwich piled high with a sunny-side up egg, chile mayo pickles and American cheese. Also not to be missed on the menu: an entire section dedicated to breakfast meats.
4219, 1337 11th Street NW
3. HazelChef/owner Rob Rubba's ode to his personal experimentation with international cuisines is a collection of globally-inspired plates all presented on “medium-sized” plates. “Dishes are a mash-up of ingredients from around the world, tied together with an East Asian slant—a vision deftly translated by a kitchen skilled enough to weave disparate ingredients into a fun, cohesive menu,” say the Michelin inspectors.
The hotspot also boasts a “Dim Sunday” brunch; menu items include crispy tots with Fire Panda sauce, koji berry muffins, breakfast donburi with pulled pork and fried egg, as well as a kimchi scramble with garlic aïoli, crispy shallots and shaved bonito flakes. The entire Dim Sunday menu is also available for order for the tune of $99.
808 W Street NW
Welcome to Mandu, where mother-son duo Yesoon and Danny Lee bring forth Korean favourites to hungry D.C. diners. “If you're seeking the real deal—authentic and delicious Korean food without a lot of fuss—it is just the place,” say Michelin inspectors. “Everything is made with love at this family-owned original, and the portions are generous especially at brunch, which is also light on the wallet."
On weekends, Mandu offers the full lunch menu of dishes like steamed or pan-fried dumplings, bibim bap and kimchi soup. The brunch menu—served as a platter—is a creative take on steak and eggs, featuring gimbap (seaweed and rice rolls), Korean omelettes, chive and zucchini pancakes, hashbrowns and a choice of barbecued beef, chicken pork, veggies or tofu.
Columbia Heights, U Street & Adams Morgan
For brunch, executive chef Tory Knapp’s menu features sensational Mid-Atlantic cuisine highlighting local purveyors. Starters include smoked citrus-cured salmon with cranberry gelée, pumpernickel crumb and crème fraîche, and biscuits with chicken sausage gravy, while heartier mains include a chai-spiced waffle with cinnamon pu-erh crumble and Bourbon squash mousse, and the BDT Benedict with slow-roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese and dill pickles, piled on a soft roll and topped with mustard Hollandaise.
1201 24th Street NW
Brunch is served.
Main image: Kimchi scramble, garlic aïoli, crispy shallots and shaved bonito flakes hero courtesy of Hazel.